Thursday, August 20, 2009

How Wellness in the Schools (WITS) Is Improving School Food

I recently donated a cooking lesson to a charity auction benefiting Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a charitable organization dedicated to improving children's environmental health, nutrition and fitness in the New York City public schools.

One of the main goals of the WITS program is to improve school food, a cause that has enjoyed increased attention in the past several years, thanks in part to the stratospheric spikes in childhood obesity, diabetes and allergies.

An article in yesterday's The New York Times highlighted the momentum groups like WITS have helped create:
“The Department of Agriculture is expected to upgrade school food nutrition standards this year, many of which haven’t been changed for nearly 15 years. And because many Obama U.S.D.A. appointees are focusing on improving student health through better food, the department has started an aggressive effort to study reform efforts big and small.”
Click here to read the entire Times article. I'll write more about the WITS program in a future post.

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